Monday, June 15, 2009

Comments People! Comments!

Blogging is great fun, but do you know what makes it really fun and fulfilling? READER COMMENTS!! Whenever someone posts a comment, I get giddy with excitement. (Okay, so it doesn't take much to please me...) So do me a favor and let me know you've been here! If you've tried commenting in the past without success, you'll be glad to know I recently changed the commenting requirements so it's much easier now! (Click on the word "comments" if you don't already see the comment box below).

On the other hand - if you have any questions regarding interior design, graphic design, natural health, or need help coming up with creative ideas (birthday themes, cheap anniversary plans, gift ideas, business marketing, etc), give me a holler! Your question may even get the spotlight right here! (Email:

Come on...turn my frown upside down. You know you wanna share the love, and make my day - right? ;)

Jen (xo)

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Right White (in a Spray Can)

If you love a soft white with, barely-there yellow undertones, I have the PERFECT white spray paint for you!

Krylon Fusion for Plastic is not just for plastic but is great for painting wood, metal, ceramic and lots of other surfaces. It's great because it eliminates the two really annoying steps of sanding and priming! (How simple is that?) It also dries in less than 15 minutes! Oooh...loving it more every second!

Look for the sticker on the back that reads: 2422 Satin Dover White. You're going to LOVE it!

So far, I've painted an old, gold frame and am hopelessly completely in love with this paint! Next, I'll be painting some beat-up, plastic, Adirondack chairs I snagged for only $5 each at a thrift shop! (Stay tuned for the total transformation!)

My list of items to paint is getting longer every day! It's truly amazing what a little paint and some creativity can accomplish!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Summer Retreat: Found!

Have you ever completely and utterly overlooked the potential of something (or someone) only to find at some point down the road, that you've had a priceless gem sitting right under your nose?

Well, this past weekend, I took a little gander into my own backyard. We have an old shed back there which has been housing a bunch of our junk from when we moved in three years ago. The junk got stacked out there, was covered with a tarp, and hasn't been looked through (or needed) since. I think that's a pretty good indication it's time to declutter! (I'd say a garage sale is in order!)

Once I got past the true junk, I noticed a few items that were left behind from the previous owners. In fact, they look so wonderfully old, that they may be items left from even the original owners! (Our house is 89 years old).

First I found this shabby old table under a bunch of boxes and tires. I think it could be quite (shabby)chic. It has old layers of paint in cool hues of beachy blue, green and rust.

Next I spotted this completely awesome old wire basket in that same blue-green color. I can imagine the owners 89 years ago collecting their eggs in this basket and toting them into the house. This is by far my favorite piece.

Do you think this bucket could have really been used to wring out their laundry? This makes me really thankful for the spin cycle!

Look at this charming little rooster bell! I wonder what it was used for. Any ideas?

Among all the interesting things I found inside the shed...the most exciting discovery was the shed itself! Remember my post on really craving an outdoor space to enjoy this summer? Well, I've decided to transform the largest section of the shed into an outdoor room! Here are a few inspiration photos:

You can see from my inspiration photos that I'm going for a Shabby Chic look in hues of blue and green (inspired by my old table and basket) along with a soft white and some rustic woods (old crates) to ground the space. I'll be painting the old paneled walls (aren't they great?), and the (not-so-great) concrete floor.

Here is the tin roof from inside. To paint or not to paint - that is the question. Can you see the old original electrical wiring?

My goal is to finish this room on a thrift-store budget using as many items that I already own as I can. I already have a table for dining, dining chairs, a chandelier, and decor for the walls. I just need to find some really comfy seating - perhaps even a daybed, long with a few other items.

What do you think? Am I crazy, or do you think this could actually be a great outdoor space?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

How to Transform a Frame with Paint!

This old, gold frame was desperately in need of some love. Krylon Fusion for Plastics in Satin Dover White wrapped its loving arms around it and transformed the ugly duckling frame into a beautiful, jaw-dropping swan - fit to frame a masterpiece.

Always clean your surface to remove all dirt and debris and allow to dry completely. Use painters tape to mask any areas of your item that you don't want painted. (Our frame had a beautiful linen border. We taped it off with blue painter's tape and trimmed it with an xacto knife.)

Choose a well-ventilated area, preferably outside. When using spray paint, the overspray can really travel, so always protect surfaces by putting down newspaper or drop cloths. Fortunately we had a spot in the back of our property that didn't need protecting.

For best results, read and follow the directions on the back of the can. Shake the can vigorously before application. Spray a thin coat of paint onto the surface in a sweeping motion. If paint is running, you're spraying too close and too heavy. You can wipe the running paint quickly with a paper towel before continuing. Continue applying thin coats of paint until the entire surface is evenly coated.

I have found better results with removing the painter's tape immediately after painting and before the paint dries.

Allow the paint to dry completely in an area away from any dust that may blow onto the surface.

If you haven't used all of the paint in the can, you'll want to clear the nozzle for next time! You can do this by turning the can upside down and spray for about 5 second. This will keep the nozzle from clogging, so it's ready to go next time you are!

Take a look at the incredible transformation!

PS - I love this nautical scene that was painted in oils by a wonderful artist, Geraldine. Lucky me, I'm her daughter! The walls of my home are graced with her beautiful works of art. If you are interested in her art, leave a comment and I will send you her contact information.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

What's that Smell?!

Apparently, if you break apart a head of garlic and throw the cloves in a pretty, airtight, glass container and stash it in your spice cabinet, and then forget about it until you smell something really'll have a little surprise!

Yes, I'm a sucker for glass containers. I thought, "Oh! I'll just stash my garlic in this cute little glass container. That will look cute!" Then one day, I smelled this really pungent, sour smell. I followed my nose to my spice cabinet and found this...

The little darlings had sprouted! (And BOY did they want the world to know! Pugh!) I guess that airtight seal created the perfect, moist environment for the cloves to sprout.

So, I buried one little clove in a plastic cup filled with dirt. Can hardly wait to transplant it in my new, first-time-ever garden! I'll be filling you in on that little adventure soon! And of course I'll keep you posted on Stinky's progress...

What about you? I'd love for you to spill the "beans" on your gardening adventures by posting a comment below!
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